I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Rest in peace, Yogi
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A good Yankee.

I won't take a sermon longer than 10 minutes.
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I thought he had passed years ago. His wife once asked him where he would like to be buried. He replied, "Surprise me." Much of his unique wit has become part of our language and culture.

"This is like deja vu all over again."

“We were overwhelming underdogs.”

“I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”

"I didn't really say everything I said."

“You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

"Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."

“Never answer an anonymous letter.”

“You can observe a lot by watching.”

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."

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He only lived about 30 miles from me, and was quite active right to the end. He was truly an icon from the glory days of baseball. RIP.
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One of baseball's greats, and a true gentleman in every sense of the word.
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One of the last giants; pardon the reference to his cross-town rival.

The latest Sports Illustrated has a very nice recap of his life. It is surprising what all he accomplished and experienced. A few extracts:

1. Yogi had an eighth-grade education
2. At 19 he landed on Omaha Beach and was grazed by machine gun fire.
3. He was 5'7" and 185lbs his rookie year.
4. He homered in his first and second major league games.
5. Between 1947 and 1961 Yogi drove in more runs than any major leaguer, except for Stan Musial.
6. Yogi played in 14 World Series; winning 10 of them. He was in 7 more as a coach or manager.
7. From 1950 to 1956 his finishes for the MVP award were; 3rd, 1st, 4th, 2nd, 1st, 1st, and 2nd.

My favorite memory was watching Don Larsen pitch his perfect game on TV. My mother was rooting for the Dodgers and Gil Hodges, a Princeton, Indiana boy. I was a Yankee fan. Larsen closed it out and trotted towards the dugout. Yogi rushed him and jumped into his arms. I was bouncing around the living room.
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